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Reaction to Hoffenheim v Bayern

Heynckes: We had to roll up our sleeves

It was “exceptionally hard work,” said Jupp Heynckes following Bayern’s narrow but deserved 1-0 victory away to Hoffenheim. “We ground out the win – it wasn’t brilliant, we didn’t sparkle, but three points are on offer for that too.” Match-winner Mario Gomez felt FCB’s performance was “efficient. We didn’t play well today, but sometimes you have to win without playing well – and that’s what we’re doing.”

Reaction to Hoffenheim v Bayern:

Jupp Heynckes: “It was a very difficult match today. Our opponents are caught between a rock and a hard place. They were unbelievably courageous, aggressive and hard-running. We ground out the win today - it wasn’t brilliant, we didn’t sparkle, but three points are on offer for that too. You can’t score three or five goals every weekend. We had to roll up our sleeves. We needed a little time before our engine started running hot. We didn’t have that many clear-cut chances. We improved in the second half, when we had the game totally under control. But overall, it was exceptionally hard work.”

Mario Gomez: “Efficient is the right word today. We’ve made chance after chance in many of our games, but not today. These are the games you have to win, and that’s what we’re doing. We didn’t play well today, but sometimes you have to win without playing well. That’s the decisive factor for us. Hoffenheim defended really aggressively. As a striker, you’re waiting for the one big moment – just as I did. I’m delighted I put it away.”